Burr House accommodates approximately 50 pupils, with a combination of full and weekly boarders, as well as a small number of day pupils, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12. Burr is centrally located on the College campus, adjacent to the main drive of the College opposite the brand new John Turner Building.
The Housemaster, Mr Adam Mallins, joined Burr House in September 2017. His specialist subject is Geography, and he also teaches Travel and Tourism. Adam especially loves the outdoors, coaching sport in particular. He is also a keen tennis player, and currently serves as Master in Charge of Tennis.
Mr Mallins is supported by Assistant Housemaster Mr George Miller, matrons Mrs Jennie Miles-Thomas and Mrs Henri Bonser, and an enthusiastic team of visiting tutors.
Burr is predominantly a boarding house. In lower year groups, boys live in shared dormitories, with supervised prep taking place in an attached classroom. As boys progress into senior years, they are allocated their own bedroom which provides a private, quiet area in which to work or take a break from the hustle and bustle of Shiplake life.
Burr House has a newly renovated common room, complete with a widescreen television. Sky Sports 1 is often the channel of choice, especially on weekends where boys tune in to catch the latest sporting events. The ongoing refurbishment programme is also serving to upgrade a number of rooms and dormitories. The House is wireless networked throughout, and there is a pool table room where competitions are held every Tuesday evening. Other evening events include card games, backgammon and a weekly quiz night, while at weekends boarders enjoy a range of activities including ice-skating, go-karting, wake-boarding and day trips. Fitness fanatics enjoy using Burr’s new cardiovascular gym.